Europe’s Best National Park: Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia
Off The Beaten Path: Europe’s Best National Park
Travel to Europe is great for Americans. For most tourist adventures and travels, a passport is all you need. Yes, that’s right. You do not need a visa to experience Europe’s Best National Park, which we believe is located in Croatia. You will need a valid passport so make sure you apply early or utilize an expediting passport service.
Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia
Settled halfway between the capital city Zagreb and Zadar sits Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction and what we consider Europe’s Best National Park. In 1979, the park was given UNESCO World Heritage status for very obvious reasons. The park covers nearly 300 square kilometers. The terrain has a chain of 16 lakes join by series of waterfalls that pour into a limestone canyon. The forest preserve is home to many rare bird species, bears, and even wolves. Visitors may see these animals on various walkways and hiking trails around the water. This national park is for nearly every audience seeing as they offer a ferry that links the Lowe and upper lakes of Lake Kozjak.
The park is open all year round. The summer months extend a few hours longer due to the extra hours of sunlight. Contrary to popular belief, the lakes are not just a place to visit during the summer! It is during the other seasons that visitors can watch the forests take on different beautiful natural hues and watch as the brush changes naturally in density. It is even in the winter months that this can be a popular spot due to the way the snow and ice sits on the mountains like a real life scene from the Disney movie “Frozen”. Even if the weather conditions are rainy, the park can still be just as magical to explore seeing as the water takes on a dramatic and unpredictable effect rushing out of the mountains and even bubbling underneath your feet on the pathways. Year around this makes for a scenic, once in a lifetime, pit stop.
To enter Europe’s Best National Park and explore the Plitvice Lakes guests must pay a small fee in order to contribute to the park’s upkeep and protection. From January to March, and November to December adults can expect to pay £5.50/€7.25/$8.50. During the months of April to June, and September to October adult guests will expect to pay £11/€14.50/$16.50. In the high season of July and August guests can expect to pay £11/€14.50/$16.50 each day to enter. Children under the age of 7 are free of charge, and the park also offers group discounts when there are 15 or more people. There is also an option for visitors to purchase a 2-day ticket pass which is the best deal.
Better yet, the park offers 4 hour guide tours in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Croatian. These tours are available ahead of time for a minimum of 15 people and for a small cost. This is ideal for traveler’s who want to know where the hidden gems of the park lie. To learn more about the history of the formation of the beautiful park. And, to get an insider view of how to get up close to the waterfalls and other attractions within.